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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[The secret history of the White-Staff. Part 3]
The secret history of the White Staff, being an account of affairs under the conduct of some late ministers, and of what might probably have happen'd if Her Majesty had not died. Part III.
London: printed for J. Baker, 1715.
80 p. ; 17.9 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. Part 3 of a three-part work. 'The White Staff' is Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, who was facing Whig demands for impeachment on a charge of high treason. The first part of Defoe's defence of his erstwhile patron, published in 1714 (q.v.), inadvertently fed insinuations of Jacobite sympathies which are refuted in the second part published in the same year (q.v.). The third part deals with a variety of subjects, such as the repayment of the debt of the South Sea Company, Harley's purported wish to prolong the war with France for another year, etc. Although Defoe denied authorship of these tracts, his contemporaries recognized his handiwork. Page 72 is misnumbered '64'. The Soane copy has p. 8 misnumbered 'P'; a variant has p. 8 correctly numbered. ESTC t71952; Furbank and Owens 168; Moore 298.

Copy Notes Bound (3) with parts 1--2 and twelve further short publications on the same and other subjects. Part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Hist. Of The White Staff Mitre & Purse'.

Reference Number 6728


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